Make sure that you have everything figured out before starting your home search – both on the financing side and in terms of your own wants and needs. Below is a checklist you can use as a guide for your home search: Get your financial house in order first and that includes determining what your budget will comfortably allow and sticking to it and getting pre-approved for a mortgage. Familiarize yourself with the different housing types available to help you narrow your search. Determine your minimum requirements as well as any desired additional features. Clearly outline any items that you don’t want in a house. Determine the desired location – close to schools, work, public transportation and other amenities or infrastructure. Familiarize yourself with the mortgage process. Check listings and prices throughout the United States on the internet. Use a record to compare homes. Familiarize yourself with the home inspection process that you will need to conduct in a short period of time on all homes that you look at. Maintain your perspective through it all, keep a critical eye open and try your best to keep emotion out of the process.